En-routing from Nurwara Eliya (Negambo & Kandy) to Katagarama, instead of just staring out of the windows throughout the monotonous long journey, we informed the tour guide that short stops will be appreciated at some of eye-catching places should we be passing by. For whatever reason, the guide didn’t seem pleased, but since we persisted, he couldn’t say no. In fact, such a coincident actually just after that, we spotted Rawana Water Fall which seemed the spot locals and tourists were flocking towards to. We hurriedly got down at the corner of the winding road, walked closer to the gushing from high up there water, stood around to admire the serene view and then continued our journey until we came across an ancient temple further down after an hour.
Not everyone, just the two of us got down and walked into the temple and around the small compound, and within 10 minutes, we were back on the road again.
In between, at about 11am, at the suggestion of the guide, we had a breather at a hilltop café for hot beverage and relaxed by walking to the corner of the hill for the beauty breathtaking view.
Following this, lunch was next and by 2.30pm, we were pleasantly greeted by the staff and the owner himself at the attractive Orkrin Hotel.
But since our rooms were not ready because the previous guests had just checkout, somehow or rather we quickly refreshed and spontaneously again as suggested by the guide, we walked quite a long distance to “Vedasitikanda” temple situated 2500 feet high on Wadasiti Mountain (Wadasiti Kanda) and 4Km from south-east of Kataragama.
According to the history. God Katargama had lived in the mountain long ago and had thrown an arrow from there where the Kataragama Maha Devalaya was later built. This temple is a sacred location to both Buddhists and Hindus and it will take two hours of walk to reach the peak of the mountain where there is more than just beautiful scenery to observe. We however opted for the open truck stuffed to the maximum with people ride through the rocky, bumpy and dusty road to arrive at the hilltop.
First thing first, we offered prayers, thereafter walked around the whole area and gazed at the far and beyond absolutely mind blowing view.
We spend around two hours here, later returned to Okrin hotel for a night-over and dinner. Fellow tour buddies preferred to dine at the downstairs dining area whereas I requested for the platter consisting of yellow rice, roast chicken and veggies in my room.
After tucking into the meal, I stood on the huge balcony for a while and soon, I didn’t feel really comfortable staring at the darkness, so, I decided to call it a day.
Up next - Galle.
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